Tuesday 30th March 2021
The match between Côte d’Ivoire and Ethiopia witnessed the fall of Ghanaian referee Charles Polo, who was unconscious on the ground of the match a few minutes before the end of the match.
Côte d’Ivoire was 3-1 ahead of its Ethiopian counterpart until the 80th minute, in the sixth round of Group XI, in the 2021 African Nations Cup qualifiers.
In the 80th minute of the match, the Ghanaian referee fell on the pitch unconscious, and then got out on a tanker off the field.
The fourth referee, “Kouassi Piro”, was unable to manage the match because he is an Ivorian national, and after several consultations with the two technical bodies of the elected officials, it was decided to end the match, so that its fate would be determined at a later time.
Despite the loss of the Ethiopian national team, it guaranteed its qualification for the African Nations Cup, which will be held in Cameroon next year, after finishing second in its group with 9 points, after Madagascar and Niger drew negatively.